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Authentic Chicken Inasal
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Chicken Inasal

Chicken Inasal comes with a distinctive basting sauce that makes it so so succulent and satisfying you will never go back to your old way of grilling chicken.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: chicken barbecue, chicken bbq, chicken inasal, filipino chicken barbecue
Servings: 4
Calories: 773kcal
Author: Bebs



  • 2 pound chicken - cut into serving size
  • 1 cup vinegar (coconut, cane or cider)
  • 1 ½ pieces lemon (or 15 kalamansi) juiced (approx. half cup)
  • 1 thumb fresh ginger - peeled
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks lemon grass
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • ½ tablespoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup brown sugar


  • 500 grams chicken skin with fat
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 tablespoons Annatto Seeds


  • 3 tablespoons chicken Annato/Achuete oil
  • 5 tablespoons margarine or butter - melted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or kalamansi juice



  • Dissolve sugar and salt in vinegar. Combine vinegar and all other ingredients for the marinade in a blender and pulse for 2-3 minutes until all are cut into tiny pieces.
  • Place chicken pieces in a ziplock or any food-grade plastic. Pour in the marinade into the plastic with the chicken and seal. Refrigerate for at least an hour but overnight will be better.
  • Take out from the fridge when ready to cook.
  • Prepare the basting sauce by simply combining all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Grill the chicken pieces until cooked through while basting both sides with the annatto oil from time to time.
  • Transfer grilled chicken on a serving dish and let rest for 3-5 minutes. Serve with rice and chicken Annato oil sauce.


  • Boil chicken skin in water for 15 minutes until almost dry and oil is rendered.
  • Pour in oil and cook for 10 minutes until crispy.
  • Remove chicken skin and add the Annatto seeds. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and run the oil through a strainer to remove leftover bits and pieces. Transfer the chicken annato oil in a jar.



The ingredients for Chicken Annato Oil in this recipe will give you about 1 ½  to 2 cups of oil. More than enough for 2 pounds of chicken. You can store the leftover for future use or for other dishes.


Calories: 773kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 1343mg | Potassium: 593mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 3mg